Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise at the SAG Foundation presents "Conversations" with Burt Reynolds, hosted by Paul Ryan, co-produced by Karen G. Cadle. Los Angeles, CA - 06/29/06

Actor Dominick DeLuise has died at the age of 75.

The veteran comedian passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Los Angeles on Monday night, reports

DeLuise rose to fame in the 1970s and ’80s, appearing alongside pal Burt Reynolds in movies like The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit II, The End, and All Dogs Go to Heaven.

He became known on the small screen for his magic act as ‘Dominick the Great’ on the popular Dean Martin Show between 1972 and 1973, and went on to further establish himself in Hollywood with appearances in Mel Brooks‘ films such as 1974’s Blazing Saddles, 1976’s Silent Movie, and 1993 comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

The star was also nominated for a Golden Globe in 1974 for his work on TV comedy Lotsa Luck, while he received a nod at the Daytime Emmys in 1999 for his efforts in the animated All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series.

DeLuise spent his latter years writing children’s books and cookbooks.

He is survived by his actress wife Carol Arthur, who he married in 1965, and their three actor sons Peter, David and Michael DeLuise.

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